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“The shoes are beautiful and look more well crafted than nearly anything else available in their price range. Markhor sources locally-made fine leather that’s usually shipped off to Italy & all of the parts are carefully made by hand.” — Fast Company
“The shoes are beautiful and look more well crafted than nearly anything else available in their price range. Markhor sources locally-made fine leather that’s usually shipped off to Italy & all of the parts are carefully made by hand.” — Fast Company
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Markhor joins Y Combinator and launches transparency feature.

Posted by MARKHOR (Creator)
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Dear friends,

As mentioned in our last update a lot has been happening around Markhor.

We are happy to share that Markhor has joined Y Combinator. As part of this summer’s batch of startups we will present our business and show our shoes at the investors demo day this Wednesday. Markhor is the only startup from Pakistan and first in our category to be accepted into the program. This would have never happened without your amazing support.

In fact two of our founding customers Vijay Rao and Nadeem Shaikh have gone to become founding investors in Markhor after learning that we're raising investment. If you're interested in investing, please reach out to us at founders@themarkhor.com You can also read our TechCrunch launch story here.

Secondly, we just launched a new transparency element on our website. We believe you have the right to know where and under what conditions your products are made and who is making them. Even though our craftsmen have been making high quality European shoes for decades, it’s only now that we are able to connect them directly to the end customer.

For every order of shoes, you’ll know about the craftsmen/women who made them. You’ll receive step-by-step details about the work in progress through email. This is our first step (in beta right now) in this direction and we're experimenting this with some of our customers and the Kickstarter backers.

It's been really interesting and valuable going through the YC process. We will write a longer update on what we've learned from YC in our upcoming blog and new edition of Markhor Journal. For now it's back to working on the shoes and getting ready to present next week.

As usual if you have any problem with your shoes or new orders, just write an email to hello@themarkhor.com We've now grown to team of 9 people and should take care.

Thank you again for being part of this incredible journey.

Warmly,

—Sidra, Waqas and team Markhor

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